Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Fill your mind with the right stuff.
It is absolutely crucial that you fill your mind with the right things or you will not make the right decisions. The idea here is that the only way to live out the Christian life the way it is supposed to be lived is to program your mind with the right programming. It is amazing to realize the number of people who wonder why their life is so negative. They cannot see the dominant things that a person thinks about are what determines the future they will live out. You and I are not victims of what life hands out; we are slaves of what our mental programming demands takes place.
If we are to be fully Christian, then we must think like a Christian. If we are to move forward on the abundant life that God has for us, we must stop just thinking about whatever pops into our life and start ordering our mind in more useful ways so that we are motivated to fulfill the full measure of God’s will.
We need to understand that our lives will unfold based upon the things that we think about all the time. We will respond in the way we have rehearsed our response in our minds. We will pursue the goals that we have allowed our mind to fixate upon. We change around the emotions that we allow ourselves to replay over and over. Most of us believe that we are a victim of what happens to us, when in actuality we are victims of what we allow ourselves to think about constantly.
This is why God repeatedly says that we must fill our minds with positive, righteous, loving, pure, Scriptural things. We must make sure that the scenarios that run through our mind have a righteous quality to them. We will be creating a completely different future based upon the things we allow our mind to dwell on. If we dwell on how to allow the Lord to produce in our lives the fruit of the Holy Spirit, then we will be loving, positive, peaceful, patient, pleasantly helpful, beneficial to others, flexible, loyal, and moderate. Notice that this verse admonishes us to take control of our minds and fixate it upon good things.
What you allow your mind to think about really will control your life. It is amazing that God allows us, within this life, to have so much control over the way our lives play out. Fill your mind with Scripture and other righteous thoughts and watch your life change for the better in significant ways.
richly: this is the Greek word plousios, which means abundantly, richly. The idea clearly is that if it dominates the mind, it fills the spaces in your thought life and becomes a dominate theme in your thinking.
* This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material. The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.